by Zahraa’ Khaki


Wheels whirled with wind
A tautological irreverent churning
The zzzzz like so many flies
Rushing towards an abandoned
Garbage heap-

A forgotten fae mound
of sullied dreams
And Discarded life
Like so many rotting bags
At the end of the promenade

The sun began to sink
into the opposing coast
Spraying madly at the eastern enemy
In a psychedelic regurgitation
Of vio-peach-turq
That splattered graffitic against the pier

Crashing against the encroaching foam
Harsher now in conquest
Than the softness it belied-
The great vociferous maw of the voiden churned ocean
Tangled in the spokes of the mechanical mercurial mass
That dripped across a canvas
Drowning in the approach
Of the old order of Chaos.

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Myesha Jenkins – Tribute

Botsotso would like to pay homage to Myesha Jenkins, the poet and promoter of poetry who died on Saturday, 05 September 2020. Myesha was a founder member of Feelah Sistah, the all-woman poetry group that in its time made such an impact. Thereafter, she was indefatigable in organising and strengthening poetry platforms on radio and for live performance/readings. Myesha’s work was included in two Botsotso productions – the anthology Isis X and the recording Roots and Branches. Her spirit as a politically conscious, jazz-loving artist lives on and is well expressed in her seminal poem Autobiography which was included in both these projects.

Click here to read Autobiography, a poem by Myesha Jenkins.

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